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What is 0xc0000142 error? Quick Fix

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Apart from making Windows, Microsoft also makes several other software, the most popular of which is perhaps the Office Suite. Thanks to its ease of use and availability, the set of programs have now become a household name.

However, as good as Office might be, it isn’t perfect. In this article, we’re talking about the 0xc0000142 error and how you can fix the problem at hand. 

Update the OS

In such situations, the first thing to do is make sure your OS is up to date. Developers usually diagnose these issues based on insider reports or feedback from customers and issue fixes or patches in the form of updates. Check to ensure you’ve got the latest update installed on your system.

You can check out our detailed guide on how to update Windows here

Also read: Getting Windows Ready stuck: 5 Fixes

Reinstall the program

Reinstalling or, if possible, updating the problematic program can also resolve the 0xc0000142 error. There’s a chance that the program might not have installed all its required dependencies and DLLs during the initial installation, and a reinstall or an update can potentially fix the error. 

Repair the program

Another thing you can do is repair your program’s existing installation. Here’s how. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type appwiz.cpl and hit enter.

Step 2: Find the problematic program, select it and click the Change button. Follow along with the instructions to repair the library.

Once your computer restarts, try rerunning the program. This should fix the error code.

Update your drivers

Out of date or corrupt drivers can cause a number of problems. If you haven’t updated your drivers in a while, now’s the time to do so, especially for your display drivers.

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Under Display Adaptors, find your graphics card’s name, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

While this should help resolve the 0xc0000142 error, in case it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. 

Also read: How to fix error code 0x80004005?

Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason your PC might behave weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Restart your PC, and the 0xc0000142 error code should be gone. 

Perform a clean boot

To isolate the problem, perform a clean boot and then start the missing processes one at a time to find your culprit. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for System Configuration. 

Step 2: Head over to the Services tab. 

Step 3: Uncheck the Hide all Microsoft Services checkbox. Now click the Disable All button. 

Step 4: Now head over to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.

Step 5: Click the Startup tab again, select all the services and click the Disable button. 

Now try running the problematic program again, and it should solve the 0xc0000142 error.

Also read: Windows 11: 5 Pros and Cons to help you decide if you should upgrade

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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